The Washington Times - January 16, 2012, 01:10PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State Delegate Bob Marshall formally announced his U.S. Senate candidacy Monday.

The conservative Prince William Republican e-mailed supporters and news organizations with the opening line “I can beat Tim Kaine.”


It was no surprise. He had told reporters of his plans Friday.

He’s the latest conservative to join a crowded Republican primary field led by former Sen. George Allen.

Mr. Marshall, tea party organizer Jamie Radtke, minister E.W. Jackson and businessman David McCormick are all running to the right of Mr. Allen, a former governor trying to win back the seat he lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006.

Mr. Kaine, a former Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, heads a Democratic primary field. Courtney Lynch and Julien Modica also say they’re candidates for the June primary.